Billy Ocean Similar Artists

The Pointer Sisters - 100% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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These four sisters, Anita (23 January 1948), Bonnie (b. 11 July 1951), Ruth (b. 19 March 1946) and June (b. 30 November 1953, East Oakland California, USA, d. 11 April 2006, Santa Monica, California, USA), were all born and raised in East Oakland, California, USA, and first sang together in the West Oakland Church of God where their parents were ministers. Despite their fami Read more

Paul Young - 80% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Anthony Young, 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Prior to his major success as a solo artist, Young was a former member of Streetband, who made the UK charts in 1978 with the novelty record ‘Toast’. He was then part of the much-loved Q-Tips, a band that did much to preserve an interest in 60s soul and R&B. As the Q-Tips collapsed from exhausti Read more

Lionel Richie - 74% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, where he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-60s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1968 for a one-record contract, before moving to Motown Records, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. T Read more

Dan Hartman - 72% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1951, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 1994, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Hartman’s multi-instrumental talents and light tenor were first heard by North America at large when he served bands led, together and separately, by Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Employment by the latter from 1973-77 brought the greatest commercial rewards - principally via Read more

Bananarama - 69% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Pa Read more

Starship - 64% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Terence Trent D'Arby - 63% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1962, Manhattan, New York, USA. A soulful pop singer, D’Arby first became involved with the music business while posted as a soldier in Germany where he joined a local funk band, Touch, in 1983 (Early Works, a collection of his contributions to Touch, was released in 1989). Following his move to London he recorded a demo tape which was impressive enough for CBS Read more

The Communards - 61% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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After leaving Bronski Beat in the spring of 1985, vocalist Jimmy Somerville (James Somerville, 22 June 1961, Glasgow, Scotland) teamed up with the classically trained pianist Richard Coles (b. 23 June 1962, Northampton, England) to form the Committee. When a rival group laid claim to that name, they became the Communards, a title borrowed from a nineteenth-century group of F Read more

Taylor Dayne - 60% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lesley Wonderman, 7 March 1962, Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, USA. Dayne rose from obscurity to the top of the US pop charts in the late 80s and early 90s. Dayne listened to rock and soul music as a child and made her onstage singing debut at the age of six. In high school she took singing lessons and after graduating joined the rock band Felony followed by a new wave ba Read more

Deniece Williams - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin’ Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to fo Read more

Go West - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Peter Cox (17 November 1955, London, England; vocals) and Richard Drummie (b. 20 March 1959, England; guitar, keyboard, vocals) were a songwriting partnership before forming Go West in 1982. The publishers, ATV Music, had teamed them up to write with artists such as Peter Frampton and David Grant. Chrysalis Records signed the duo and the result was a string of quality pop ro Read more

Hot Chocolate - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly commercial UK pop act was formed in Brixton, London, by percussionist Patrick Olive (22 March 1947, Grenada, Lesser Antilles), guitarist Franklyn De Allie and drummer Ian King. Songwriter and vocalist Errol Brown (b. 12 November 1948, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) and bass player Tony Wilson (b. 8 October 1947, Trinidad, West Indies) and pianist Larry Ferguson Read more

Climie Fisher - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This UK songwriting duo featured Simon Climie (7 April 1960, Fulham, London, England; vocals/keyboards) and Rob Fisher (b. 5 November 1959, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, d. 25 August 1999, England; keyboards). Climie was a songwriter and Fisher had been one half of the duo Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne who had had a US Top 10 hit with a cover of ‘Always Something T Read more

Mr. Mister - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although formed in Phoenix, Arizona, USA soft metal artists Mr. Mister were based in Los Angeles and were the brainchild of Richard Page (16 May 1953, Keokuk, Iowa, USA; bass/vocals) and Steve George (b. 20 May 1955, Phoenix, Arizona, USA; keyboards) who had previously played together in the Pages. They were both also experienced session men, working alongside REO Speedwagon Read more

Johnny Hates Jazz - 56% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny who, literally, did not like jazz. The line-up featured Calvin Hayes (England; keyboards/drums), Mike Nocito (b. 5 August 1963, Wiesbaden, Germany; guitar/bass) and Clark Datchler (b. England; vocals/keyboards), the son of former Stargazers member Fred Datchler. Datchler was lat Read more


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